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Friday January 9, 2009Micah's Best Opponents

By Micah Richards | In General

Speculation has increased over the last week as to which players would be arriving at Manchester City, something I mentioned in my last blog, and I’ve had loads of questions as to who my own signings would be.

I’ve played against some world class players since my debut three years ago, and it got me thinking about the best I’ve encountered in that time.

As has been said before, Thierry Henry was my idol as I grew up, but other players such as Steven Gerrard and Cesc Fabregas inspire you to constantly look to improve.

Most skilful player

Most skilful player

Therefore, i’ve answered many of your questions below, and let me know whether you agree with my choices!

Who is the fastest player you’ve played against?
Theo Walcott has lightning pace, so I would say him.

Who is the most skilful player you’ve encountered?
Cristiano Ronaldo is really skilful, and he’s great to watch.

Best all-round player?
Steven Gerrard – he’s world-class!

The strongest player you’ve come up against?
Didier Drogba or John Carew – they’re like man-mountains.

Best passer?
Cesc Fabregas – his vision is second to none.

Most influential

Most influential

Best in the air?
Peter Crouch is really hard to beat in the air.

Most difficult to mark?
Drogba again.

Who was the most influential?
Gerrard, as he always seems to influence proceedings.

Who had the best movement?
Fernando Torres – he’s got great movement.

Who was the most intelligent?
I would say Paul Scholes or Clarence Seedorf.


Best goalkeeper?
Petr Cech is really consistent, so I would say him.

Best Striker

Best Striker and joint best overall player

Who was the best defender?
Rio Ferdinand.

Best midfielder?
Gerrard once again.

Best Striker?
There’s only one – Henry!

Best overall?
This would be a fight between Henry or Gerrard – they’re both fantastic.

If you had to pick a five-a-side team, who would be in it?

I would go for: Peter Cech, Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard, Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry – unstoppable!